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Volunteers Week 2019

In support of #VolunteersWeek we have asked our members of staff and volunteers, to speak out on why they volunteer in their spare time. 

Volunteers’ Week is an opportunity to celebrate volunteering in all its diversity and a chance to celebrate and say thank you for the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK.

 

 

 

Our Researcher Joe Stockley, volunteers at the Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) and the British Youth Council

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Why do you volunteer?

I volunteer because nothing else scratches the itch to help other people quite like it. And while I’m helping other people, I accidentally help myself.

 

What would you say to someone who has never volunteered before?

Life is boring when you’re in it for yourself.

 

 

 

Liam Jones – is undertaking his student placement at Diverse Cymru 

 

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Why do you volunteer?

For me personally, the main motivation has always been to try to make a difference to something that I care about. 

From gaining new skills to meeting new people, volunteering can broaden your horizons in a lot of new and exciting ways, but nothing about volunteering is more rewarding to me than working together with others to try to make your community a better place for everyone to live in. 

 

 

What would you say to someone who has never volunteered before?

Do it! Consider what matters enough to you to make you want to give up your time and seek out other people that feel the same way.

Once you’ve done that, you’ll wonder why you didn’t start volunteering sooner.

 

 

 

 

Our Policy Manager Ele Hicks, volunteers with Bi Cymru Wales 

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Why do you volunteer?

I enjoy making a difference. Without volunteers many groups I’ve been involved in wouldn’t exist.

 

What would you say to someone who doesn’t volunteer?

If you have an idea get support and make it happen. Volunteering can help with confidence, skills, experiences, and making a difference.